Water supply to improve

2018-06-27 06:02
Dr Limakatso Moroosi (the chief executive officer of Bloem Water) with Dr Tseliso Ntili (head of the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State).Photo: Supplied

Dr Limakatso Moroosi (the chief executive officer of Bloem Water) with Dr Tseliso Ntili (head of the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State).Photo: Supplied

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Supply of drinking water to the greater Bloemfontein is set to improve in future with a multi-million rand project to install a new steel pipeline to supply the city.

Scope of work of the project involves the construction of a new pipeline from the Welbedacht Water Treatment Works to Bloemfontein with the main objective to supply drinking water to the city.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is working in conjunction with Bloem Water and the Mangaung Metro Municipality to realise the project to address water supply to the city.

Dr Tseliso Ntili, provincial head of DWS, said a new steel pipeline was being constructed parallel to the old concrete pipeline, which has exceeded its lifespan.

He was speaking after inspecting the progress of work on Wednesday (21/06).

Ntili said for the new pipeline, the department is utilising 1 000 mm-diameter steel pipes as opposed to the existing 1 200 mm-diameter pre-stressed concrete pipeline.

“We are not replacing the concrete pipeline. The old pipeline will remain and maintained for emergency when we experience any difficulty with the steel pipeline.

“The advantage of having both in a good state will ensure there is water supply and we meet the demand of the public,” said Ntili.

He said maintenance of the supply line increases its life­span. Life expectancy for most concrete pipelines is 42 years while that for steel would be 50 years plus with good maintenance.

Divided into two phases, the project is estimated to be worth R410 million. Ntili said the first phase of the project commenced last year, adding that the work done to lay the new steel pipeline was approximately at 50% completed.

He said the second phase was expected to start in 2021.

The supply line’s total distance is approximately 105 km from the Welbedacht Water Treatment Works to Bloemfontein.

Ntili said the reliability of the concrete pipeline has deteriorated over the years resulting in bursts and interruptions of supply to the reservoir provi­ding water to Bloemfontein.

The additional pipeline route commences just upstream of the existing Bloemwater control chamber on the Leeuwkop farm, crossing the R702 to the northern side of the road and then stretching parallel for approximately 10 km between the R702 and the Eskom power line servitude. It then follows the north-west direction crossing the M30 at the junction with the N6, before crossing under the N1, the railway line, the road at Ferreira Road and finally under the R706.

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